Must eats in Hong Kong?

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  1. jonman21
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    I'll be heading there in May for 5 days. Most of my trips center around food - any recommendations for restaurants I absolutely can't miss while I'm there?

    Fancy Michelin restaurants and hole-in-the-wall places with tasty dishes are all fair game!

    (Edit: Just saw NileGuide's post further down this forum...missed it the first time, whoops! In any case, personal recommendations are welcome, too)

    Thanks!
     
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    CNN has a list called "40 Hong Kong foods we can't live without"

    http://www.cnngo.com/hong-kong/none/40-things-eat-hong-kong-coronary-arrest-820489
     
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    Dim sum!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    Roast goose at Yung Kee is a must-eat each time I visit Hong Kong.

    The other options on the menu are good but the roast goose is the house specialty.

    It was great long before they were awarded a Michelin star.
     
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    Spring Deer on Moody Road!
     
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    Warning: Be prepared to get put on a strict diet after your HKG trip to lose all the weigh gains and elevated cholesterol level :eek:
     
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    My hosts thought it would be good for me to try snake which they smuggled into their car and bought to their home to prepare. The snake was served cut up in a soup and was pretty good.

    Another night they picked us up and drove us to Po Toi it is a small village where local seafood is first chosen then prepared and served. A good night here on a pier over the water.

    http://www.filination.com/blog/2009/12/01/sai-kung-po-toi-o-village-terrific-seafood/
     
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    Sounds like an interesting experience
     
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    Good mix or half teetotallers and half drinkers around the table. Also with chilli I had those weird prawn killer things, not bad eating.
     
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    I actually didn't care for it.
     
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    If you fancy some sushi- Nobu at the IC is very good.

    Not for food- however for a drink- do visit Felix on top of the Peninsula- the view from the bar is amazing.
     
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    Snake (she, pronounced "sheh") used to be a fairly common dish in the Canton region. I've had it a number of times and it's quite good. When China experienced the SARS outbreak, many of the snake restaurants in Guandong province were shut down. I don't know if Hong Kong was exempt or not. The last time I had snake was two years ago at a restaurant in Shenzhen. We had "spectacle snake," i.e. hooded cobra, and thanks to our host, a Chinese party official, we got to "meet" our dinner before they were cooked.
     
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    I had snake in Hanoi once, but didn't have to smuggle it home in my car[​IMG]
     
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    Hi, I wrote that wrongly, we were having drinks and the male host left the restaurant we were in and bought the snake at a local deli I suppose, he then kept the fact that he had it from us by hiding it in his car. They then teased us about the special treat coming up later [​IMG] Chinese people do have quite the sense of humour.
     
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    Mak's wonton noodle is pretty good.
     
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    I also had snake in Vietnam one time- I get the idea this is more for tourists than locals?
     
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    I would disagree with your assessment of the food at Felix. There's a new chef from Japan since about January and he has expanded the menu and changed it to be more interesting fusion food. They also do a weekly special wine tasting that I haven't tried, either Wednesday or Thursday early evening.

    If you've never done it, try the high tea at the Peninsula, including the see-and-be-seen aspect, but be sure to make an advanced reservation!
     
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    Thanks for the heads-up! I have not visited Felix for dinner this year- didn't know about the new chef- will check it out when time permits (the challenge always in Hong Kong is that there are so many excellent restaurants).
     
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    We did high tea at the Intercontinental. There was a spectacular view of the harbor, and I'm not into the see-and-be-seen thing - I don't like it when people watch me eat. ;) Next time, however, I would just do a simple tea and scones. $50 worth of tea cakes and sandwiches is really too much food, unless you skipped lunch or plan to skip dinner.

    Dim Sum. Xiao Long Bao.
     
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    Most small noodle/soup places are OK, especially around Wanchai, especially on the side streets. Look for the more busy places! I like wonton soup.
     
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    I caught a boat from Tai O to look at the dolphins, it was a nice trip out on the water but sadly no dolphins. I did have a look at the shrimp paste factory there though, very interesting.
     
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    Well Xiao Long Bao is not exactly the best to represent Hong Kong, Shrimp Dumpling is.

    Though you have Ding Tai Fung origin from Taiwan to save the day
     
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